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November 1940


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;42(5):982-990. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490170232027

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Herpes Gestationis. Presented by Dr. Max B. Kampf.  F. W., a housewife aged 34, was first seen at the clinic of the Fordham Hospital on Jan. 16, 1940. She was then in her fifth month of gestation. There had been four previous pregnancies, of which two terminated at full term, one was a miscarriage and one terminated in a curettage after an incomplete abortion.The cutaneous eruption appeared about ten days prior to the patient's first visit to the clinic. It consisted of erythema, grouped vesicles, many large bullae and a number of crusted lesions. The lesions were first seen on the upper and lower extremities and then spread to the trunk. The patient complained of intense itching.Examination of the blood showed 90 per cent hemoglobin and 4,620,000 red cells per cubic millimeter, with 35 per cent polymorphonuclear leukocytes, 28 per cent staff forms, 25 per cent lymphocytes, 9

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